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JFCOM shuffles organizational chart

The U.S. Joint Forces Command, which will be formally disestablished later this year as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative, had several of its functions transferred to other DoD components on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the realignment would preserve critical capabilities and place them in other branches of the department's organizational chart.

Tags: DoD , JFCOM , contracting , Robert Gates , Ray Odierno , DoD budget , efficiency initiative , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 07:20am EDT

Senators press for answers on draft political contributions order

More than a quarter of the Senate wrote to the President asking for more details on the proposal to require contractors to disclose political contributions.

Tags: contracting , White House , Senate , Disclose Act , political contributions , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/27/2011, 11:25am EDT

DoD's process to buy services lacking

A Defense Science Board panel found DoD's procedures and its senior leaders don't give service contracts the attention they deserve. Service contracts make up more than 50 percent of the Defense Department's acquisition budget.

Tags: DoD , contracting , management , DoD budget , service contracting , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Defense Science Board , Jacques Gansler , Ashton Carter , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 04/25/2011, 08:21pm EDT
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GAO upholds one of four protests under E-Travel RFP

The General Services Administration has lost a protest to CarlsonWagonlit Sato Travel on the follow-on contract for agencies up upgrade their governmentwide E-Travel systems.

Tags: contracting , GSA , GAO , CarlsonWagonlit , E-Travel , bid protest , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/25/2011, 08:07pm EDT

Draft executive order gives industry heartburn

White House is considering issuing an executive order that would require vendors to submit information about their political contributions as part of their bid proposal package. Industry associations say the proposal wouldn't keep political influence out of the acquisition process, but likely add it in. The administration claims the draft order is all about greater transparency and accountability.

Tags: contracting , Jay Carney , White House , Susan Collins , Mitch McConnell , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , PSC , TechAmerica , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 07:31am EDT
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DoD to cut more than just weapons systems

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said Wednesday that Defense leaders would "undoubtedly" cut more major weapons systems, possibly as soon as next year. But undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter said there were more savings to be found in other areas of the Defense Department budget. Major weapons procurement makes up only one seventh of DoD's spending.

Tags: DoD , contracting , management , DoD budget , dod efficiency initiative , service contracting , Ashton Carter , Heritage Foundation , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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Google's claims of FISMA certification questioned

Microsoft makes court documents public as part of battle to provide cloud services to the Interior Department. Google contends its Google Apps for Government offers more security than FISMA requires.

Tags: technology , GSA , Interior , Dave Mihalchik , David Howard , Google , Microsoft , cloud computing , FISMA , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , Email-as-a-service , bid protest , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 07:24am EDT

Amtower's brain trust discusses mergers, acquisitions,and more

Host Mark Amtower discusses a wide variety of issues with Washington Technology editor-in-chief Nick Wakeman and Lohfeld Consulting Group CEO Bob Lohfeld.
April 11, 2011 (Encore presentation April 25, 2011)

Tags: Deltek , Washington Management Group , Fed Sources , Bob Lohfeld , Nick Wakeman , contracting , shutdown , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 04/11/2011, 01:00pm EDT
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Small businesses say work will continue in shutdown

A survey from Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum finds more than half of their respondents will conduct business as usual if the agencies stop working.

Tags: Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum , Bob Dinkel , small business , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/08/2011, 07:40pm EDT
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Shutdown 2011? Contractors would feel the pain

Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, explains to what extent industry would hurt from a partial government shutdown.

Tags: Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , contracting , shutdown , budget , Congress , In Depth

Friday - 04/08/2011, 07:25pm EDT
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